There are so many classic lines in the movie, “Monty Python’s In Search of the Holy Grail,” like the one shown above. Most of us find it easier to run away from danger than to face into it. Some of us simply don’t have the courage or the backbone to confront difficult situations. There are those who feel that running from a tough situation is a way of not having to deal with it.
When I was a child, I ran away from home at least five times. I thought that by leaving, my parents would really miss me and whatever it was that caused me to run would be resolved. Of course I always came back after walking around the block once. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was totally dependent on them.
I always thought it would be great to run away and join the circus too. I’d dream of being a great circus star and making millions as a trapeze artist. Of course that never came to fruition either – which is probably a good thing since I’m terrified of heights.
As I grew older, there were many times I wanted to run away – from the responsibilities of life, the financial issues, the arguments, the fear of failure, the challenges of parenting, meeting a deadline. Life isn’t easy. There are moments when we all feel like we want to run away.
Now that I’m in my “senior” years, I wish I could retreat to my youth – that I could do things differently – that I could start over – that I didn’t have to face what lies ahead for me. The truth is that we can’t run away from life. There will be difficulties. There will be pain. Things won’t always go as we want them to.
Psalm 139:7-10 shows us that we can’t run away from our Creator.
” Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
Thinking that God is with us in every aspect of our lives should make us aware of what’s going on inside of us. Are we living upright lives? Are we following His commandments? Are we living up to His expectations? Kind of scary, isn’t it? We can’t do any of that on our own.
It can be frightening to think of God as our judge, but He’s also the One who provides His perfect justice, even though we don’t deserve it. The words of this Psalm show us that God is also our protection. Don’t run away from Him. Run to Him!